Founded by grandparents Charles and Jane Smith for graduates of Frederick County Public Schools, with preference given to Brunswick High School graduates pursuing a degree in marketing or a related field.
Dawn Renee Smith graduated from the Frederick County Career and Technology Center’s marketing program. She served as president of the Frederick County Delta Epsilon Chi Association (DECA), a national organization for marketing students, and received statewide recognition for her role in increasing the organization’s local membership. Active often in community service projects, Ms. Smith’s kindness and goodwill toward others defined her. When injuries sustained in a car accident shortly after her high school graduation claimed her life, her grandparents—Charles and Jane Smith—started awarding scholarships in her name as a way to remember her. In December 2004, Mr. and Mrs. Smith turned to the Community Foundation to establish The Dawn Renee Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund to help other students who exhibit qualities and interests similar to those of their granddaughter. The Fund awards scholarships to graduates of Frederick County Public Schools or graduates of the Frederick County Career and Technology Center’s marketing program. Scholarship awards are based upon the applicant’s involvement in DECA, as well as academic achievement, community service, leadership, and character.